1866. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, MDCCC LXVI .
8vo, -322 pp. Original blind-stamped brown cloth, backstrip lettered in gilt, brown coated endpapers. Cloth a little spotted, ends of backstrip worn, short split in upper joint, pages toned with occasional light staining; a good unsophisticated copy with "Justin Spaulding 1866" written faintly in pencil on the front free endpaper, presumably the first owner.
§ A new printing of the third edition of Abraham Hayward's celebrated prose translation of Goethe's Faust, the timeless story of a man who makes the deal with the devil and pays with his soul. Considered perhaps the greatest work of German literature, Faust first appeared between 1790 and 1808. A partial English translation was published in 1821. Hayward's translation was first privately printed in 1833 and two revised editions followed. Many contemporaries, including Thomas Carlisle, considered it the best of its time. Item #122831